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Today in History: Friday, May  27, 2016
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On May 27, 1963, the album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which featured the song "Blowin' in the Wind," was released.
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1647Alse Young became the first person executed as a witch in America when she was hanged in Hartford, Conn.
1896A tornado struck St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill., killing 255 people.
1911Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was born in Wallace, S.D.
1912Golfer Sam Snead was born in Ashwood, Va.
1935The Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act.
1937The Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., opened.
Audio LinkLouis Reggiardo, who helped build the bridge
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1941The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a loss of more than 2,100 lives.
1964Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India's first prime minister, died.
1994Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after spending two decades in exile.
1995Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Va.
1996Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the rebels' leader.
1997The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.
1998Michael Fortier, the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after apologizing for not warning anyone about the deadly plot.
1999A U.N. tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity, holding the Yugoslav president personally responsible for the horrors in Kosovo.
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Chris Colfer ("Glee") turns 26 years old today.
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Henry KissingerFormer secretary of state93
Sumner RedstoneChairman of Viacom Inc.93
Lee MeriwetherActress ("Barnaby Jones")81
Louis Gossett JrActor80
Bruce WeitzActor ("Hill Street Blues")73
Christopher DoddFormer U.S. senator, D-Conn.72
Bruce CockburnRock singer71
Richard SchiffActor ("The West Wing")61
Siouxsie SiouxRock singer59
Neil FinnRock musicisn (Crowded House)58
Peri GilpinActress ("Fraiser")55
Adam CarollaComedian52
Todd BridgesActor ("Diff'rent Strokes")51
Jeff BagwellBaseball player48
Frank ThomasBaseball Hall of Famer48
Jack McBrayerActor ("30 Rock")43
Andre 3000Rapper (Outkast)41
Actor Paul Bettany turns 45 years old today.
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